curbappeallogotransparentFree Estimates! Free Inspections! Call 405-601-9222
or Fill out our Free Estimate/ Inspection Request Form

FAQ: Insurance & Hail Damage

Q: What if the Insurance Company Denies, Delays or Low-Balls?
example of roof damageA: In my experience, most of the times the insurance company does the right thing. Sometimes, the insurance company will have an “independent” engineer or roofer come to inspect the roof. That “independent” engineer or roofer may say that the roof has no damage...the insurance company may deny the claim ... The insurance company’s “no,” is not the end of the inquiry…it is just the beginning.

Click here to find out what to do if your insurance company says "no".

Ask Us About Impact & Wind Resistant Slate & Shake Roofing

Davinci roofingWe have roofing products especially suited to Oklahoma's weather. Ask us about Impact & Hail resistant roofs. We also have Class A Fire Rated shakes and shinles. One very popular new product is DaVinci Roofscapes.

They are perfect for commerical or residential roofs. With consistent, beautiful results. Click here to learn more.

Curb Appeal Roofing Construction

We are an Oklahoma based roofing and construction company with over 35 years of experience.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.

Causes of Roof Leaks in Oklahoma

Posted by on in 3. Oklahoma Roofing and Construction
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 7328
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

And what to look for to see if your roof is leaking. 

With all the heavy rain, strong winds, and tornadoes we've been having in Oklahoma, we thought we'd add this information to our website to help you determine if your roof is sound. We live here - and we get it!

Some of the common causes of roof leaks:

Taking care of these immediately can be the difference between doing a quick, inexpensive repair and a major, expensive restorationb2ap3_thumbnail_17414556_s.jpg

  1. Valleys are Leaking: The valleys of a roof are where 2 sections or planes of a roof meet. If they are not sealed properly, rainwater can get inside the roof as the water runs down the valleys. Look for wet spots that run along the seams/valleys of your roof. Lots of rain or ice can cause the sealing to erode. These are often the reason behind roofing leaks. Fixing this is a complex process, so make sure you call a roofing professional to help you.
  2. Cracked Flashing: Flashing is a vital part of your roof that creates a water-resistant barrier. These are installed under your shingles and at the joints of your roof to create water run-off sections. If you see any cracks, perhaps the material used to seal the flashing can have corroded. It’s important you have this fixed ASAP. So, check your flashing on a routine basis. Look at the flashing around your chimney, vents, and roof sections.
  3. Vent Booting is Cracked: Your roof vents are the small, pipe-like objects sticking up out of your roof. They release excess moisture from your attic and home. If this area leaks, you may see dark spots and smell mustiness. What has probably happened is that the flashing around the vent or the robber boot around it has broken or decayed.
  4. Broken Shingles: This can be pretty easy to see. Look for missing shingles (noticeable by different colored patches between shingles). You may even see them around the exterior of your building/house after a heavy storm, such as we get here in Oklahoma. Here’s a handy idea: when you get your roof redone or repaired, ask for some extra shingles. In this way, you’ll have them on hand for emergencies.
  5. Improperly Installed Skylights: We see this often. And, it’s not necessary! This occurs when you see wet spots around the inside of your skylight. This can happen from problems with the flashing, poor measuring and fitting of the skylight, or even decayed insulation around the edges of the skylight.  
  6. Moisture in Your Attic: We often see attics that are not properly ventilated, particularly if any external vents have been covered with plastic bags in the winter! It is critical that you keep your attic well ventilated ALL year ‘round. We have a blog article about proper roof ventilation and why it’s so critical. Suffice it to say here in this brief list, if you smell anything musty in your attic or see moisture or mold inside it, chances are that condensation has been trapped inside your attic. Make sure all of your roof vents are working properly. We install some very efficient roof vents to help protect your home! Also, if you do see mold inside the home, you may need to call a professional to look at it and test it.
  7. Ice Dam Buildup: We’ve talked about these in other blog posts. An ice dame is ice that forms at the edge of your roof. It prevents water from running off of your roof. Even the weight of the ice dam can damage your roof! Ice dams form when the heat from your building causes snow to melt, so that it runs down the roof. When this melted water meets the below freezing exterior air, it refreezes once it hit’s the roof’s exterior edge. You can purchase a roof rake and remove the lower area of snow from your roof edge. This is always a good idea! Or, if you do see some ice forming at the edge of your roof, you may want to treat it with an ice melt product that is specifically made for your roof.
  8. Cracked Chimney: Because the mortar is just a mixture of water, sand, and cement, it can erode pretty easily in our Oklahoma weather conditions. If you see any cracks, holes, loose flashing or shingles near the roof, cracks between the bricks, any water inside or near your fireplace, or any other signs of wear, we recommend you immediately call a professional to handle the repairs – especially before using the chimney again!
  9. Clogged Gutters: While clogged gutters may look innocent, they can cause roofing problems. Look for leaves or debris sticking out of your gutters and/or clogged or slow running downspouts. Since the entire purpose of a gutter is to help water move away from the roof and building, blocks mean that the water isn’t moving away properly. It can cause water to pool on the roof or seep through small cracks. We often put screens or gutter guards to protect the gutters from debris, but you’ll still need to clear them out from time to time. We also recommend you install specially made screens for the top of your downspouts. We recommend you clean your gutters at least twice a year.
  10. Wear and Tear from Heavy Traffic on the Roof: This is usually reserved for commercial roofs that have a lot of equipment on them, but with the growing popularity of flat roofs for homes, we want to include home owners in this brief discussion. This one actually makes a lot of sense: if you have heavy foot traffic on your roof, it may cause de-grading of the roofing product, resulting in leaks. We recommend all commercial and residential flat roofs be inspected by a professional each year. This can save you a lot of money!

We hope these tips will help you keep your roof in the best shape possible.

We also know that May weather in Oklahoma can be VERY hard, if not disastrous, on a roof. As always, if you have any concerns about your roof, please call us! We’d be happy to advise you and help where possible.

 

0

Curb Appeal Roofing Construction Gets It Done Right!

Roof Experts

GAF Certified for Commercial and Residential Roofing

Roofing repairs, re-roofs, and new roofs. After-storm Inspections. (Most are not commercially certified by GAF.) Insurance claims.

Lowes Certified

Curb Appeal Roofing, LLC, Roofing Contractors, Oklahoma City, OK

Warranty

  • We offer a true, non pro-rated lifetime warranty under GAF certification.
  • We file the warranty for you upon final payment.
  • GAF Certified # ce20984.
  • Click here for more information

Construction

Construction in Oklahoma

Experienced in Construction, Siding, Fencing, Repairs, Inspections, Storm Damage Repairs, Commercial & Residential

Commercial

Commercial Roofing and Construction

Pricing

  • Estimates by seasoned professionals, up to 35 years of experience.
  • Local and affordable.
  • We work with you to fulfill your needs for the lowest price.

Metal Roofs

Metal Roofs in Oklahoma City

Commercial & Residential Metal Roofs. Expert Installation & Repair. Beautiful & Durable. Complete Roofing Systems.

Residential

Residential Roofing and Construction

Materials

  • GAF, Certain-Teed, Malarkey, Mule-Hide, Owens-Corning.
  • Composition Shingles, Cedar Shakes, Glazed Tiles, Surenail Shingle
  • TPO, Flat Roofs, or Metal.
  • Materials best suited for Oklahoma

TPO Roofing

TPO Membrane Roofing

Experienced, reliable TPO Roofing. Storm Damage Inspections. One of the few construction companies who know TPO roofing.

Oklahoma Based

Oklahoma Roofing Contractor Certified

By Code

  • Compliance with state & municipal building codes for commercial & residential.
  • One of the few GAF certified roofing companies in the state.
  • Certified for residential AND commercial.